We all love a good story about the little guys outwitting a much larger one and Fabulous Pie by Gareth Edwards & Guy Parker-Rees is a fine example of such a story. A very bad bear bakes a very big pie and he needs help to fill the pie.
The mouse, the squirrel, the badger, and the otter all rush to help fill the pie with berries and such, but the very bad bear has something a lot more devious up his (proverbial) sleeves: he wants to fill his pie with the little animals and turn it into a terrible pie!
The animals refuse to go down without a fight! They push their little feet through the bottom of the pie crust and run for their lives. The bear, in his haste to eat the animals, gets his comeuppance and slips and falls into the river, and the gentle creatures have the last laugh.
The illustrations in the books are beautiful and make you feel like warm sunshine is shining through every page of the book. The animals look very expressive and the story simply comes to life. Anya particularly loves the picture of the animals with their little feet sticking out the bottom of the pie crust with their eyes peeping out at the top.
The rhythmic lines and repetition of key phrases that encourage children to chime in, the setting in the forest, and the basic plot of the small and weak getting the better of the big and scary, remind me of the very popular children’s story, The Gruffalo. If your kids enjoy that book, they will love this story too.
Disclaimer: We received the book from Book Depository for review purposes. This review contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.